Independence Day

Hi all, Isaac here.  Just thought I would recap the stuff that happened over the last few days in a bit more detail. First of all the team had the opportunity to visit Kanchipuram.  This is a temple town about 2 hours car journey from Chennai city centre and is filled with temples old, new, large…
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August 16, 2012 1

Elephants and Sarees

I have just received my saree that is all tailored and ready to wear, and on time! :0 English time not India time but that is beside the point! I haven’t blogged yet so this is likely to be huge to fill everyone in on everything. Basically, food is amazing although quite a few people…
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August 16, 2012 1

2 days left

So the end of Chennai Challenge 2012 is quickly approaching,  and it’s about time I blogged again. Since my last blog we’ve spent a lot of time at Boys Town and Blue Edge school.  The boys town sessions have been fun as always, which included a surprise birthday party for Kate (who wasn’t there due…
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August 15, 2012 0

WHAT? 5 More days?

Finally 13 days after this years’ trip began, I am sitting down writing my first blog. There are many reasons for this; one going straight to Yellagiri the day after we arrived and two being ill for the first time in India (well in a couple of years – typical). What have we been up…
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August 15, 2012 1

Loving Life in Chennai!

I can’t believe there’s only one week of this amazing Indian adventure left – I’ve become so used to the smells (good and bad!), the food (although that sneaky western meal in pizza hut yesterday was lush!) and the noise of the traffic, the auto-rickshaws and the honking car horns! There’s so many brilliant people…
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August 10, 2012 5

Challenging is not close to the word!

So today we had our second Blue Edge session with Oasis. I am really enjoying theses session but am beginning to realise the true meaning of Chennai Challenge’s slogan ‘challenging you to explore life outside your comfort zone’.   Many years ago I made a conscious change from pursuing a career in teaching to nursing.…
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August 10, 2012 0

India Time

Today we experienced that wonderful thing India Time.  Yesterday I planned for us to be able to visit Fort School and see the work that they do there.  It is an important time in the project as the team get to look around a school that provides an amazing education for underprivileged children from the…
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August 9, 2012 0

Day Nine!

Vanakam! Today is our midpoint, our hump day, our half way point in our time in Chennai! It has been a totally amazing adventure so far, and I can’t wait for the up coming days: spending even more time with the boys in YMCA boys town at Kottivakam, for leading our second English class with…
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August 9, 2012 3

And on the 8th day…

Many things had happened! Greetings from (surprisingly) sunny India! It’s day 8 now and I’ve finally managed to access the internet, I’m sitting here in a warm “shack” for lack of a better word, the sign on the window says “High speed 256kbps” Yeah.. Anyway much is happening in chennai challenge, not only in India…
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August 8, 2012 0

I”m in India!

Hey Guys! Sorry to my Mum and Grandparents who are eagerly awaiting this! This is the first time I’ve had available to blog as I have just come back from Yellagiri today! Yellagiri was fantastic! (Even though it took us 7 hours to get there!) A great time to spend with the boys and learn…
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August 6, 2012 6